Pupils sit ex­ams at schools, don’t travel

Knec had pro­posed mov­ing them from schools, closer to stor­age con­tain­ers

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Ev­ery KCPE exam can­di­date in Garissa sub­county is sit­ting the exam in the school cen­tres where he or she reg­is­tered, deputy county com­mis­sioner Ab­dul­lahi Gal­galo said yes­ter­day.

He was re­spond­ing to ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers and lead­ers who urged the exam coun­cil not to move chil­dren from their schools.

The Kenya Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil had pro­posed mov­ing can­di­dates closer to ma­jor cen­tres with stor­age con­tain­ers for test pa­pers. It also cited in­se­cu­rity in the area.

On Sun­day Lagdera MP Mo­hamed Shidiye and Dadaab’s Mo­hamed Dahiye said mak­ing can­di­dates write the exam far from their par­ents will lower their per­for­mance.

Last week Knut Garissa branch of- fi­cials said mov­ing pupils from their schools will in­con­ve­nience them and un­der­mine their per­for­mance.

The exam be­gan yes­ter­day. Speak­ing to the press at his of­fice af­ter tour­ing some schools, Gal­galo said the can­di­dates in all the 59 cen­tres will sit the exam in their re­spec­tive schools.

“The gov­ern­ment has put in enough mea­sures. Se­cu­rity has also been en­hanced, with more than 130 po­lice of­fi­cers posted in the cen­tres and so we ex­pect the ex­er­cise to go on smoothly to its con­clu­sion,” Gal­galo said.

Some 2,805 pupils are writ­ing the exam. Out of this, 1,673 are boys and 1,132 girls. A to­tal of 952,472 can­di­dates are sit­ting the exam in coun­try­wide.

The exam ma­te­ri­als are stored in 346 con­tain­ers in sub­coun­ties un­der the man­age­ment of sub­county com­mis­sion­ers and sub­county ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers.


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